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Old 06-05-2016, 11:16 AM   #1
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Default Chanter throat

Just wondering what is involved in cleaning out the throat of a chanter. Thanks.
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:57 AM   #2
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Default Re: Chanter throat

Depends if you're cleaning a bit of grime or some more serious detritus.

For both, I think a good nylon bristle brush is the first step.
On a polypenco chanter I'd let it soak in soap and water first and most dirt will slide away with little to no persuasion.
I wouldn't soak a wooden chanter, but would a few dropsnof water to help loosen any grime.

If you're trying to loosen any burrs or errant pieces I'd tey to clean them up with a deburring tool.
Just lightly run the edge of the deburrer around the inside of tone hole. Run the nylon brush through at intervals to clean up anything that is still hanging on and keep sighting down the chanter to check your progress.

If deburring/cleaning a wood chanter...you might want to put a few drops of bore oil into the area you were just cleaned.

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Old 06-06-2016, 06:37 AM   #3
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A (smokers) pipe cleaner works well....moistened with alcohol of your choice. Michaels craft stores carry a larger diameter bristly pipe cleaner than meant for old tabacco pipes.

If there are any raised wood slivers ...you can ask the maker what is the twist drill size of the throat. Or just test fit a few...its about 5/32";. To avoid any damage or change to wood...just pass the smooth shank end of the drill bit in and finger twist.
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:45 AM   #4
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Have you been reading some rather old fashioned literature?

If so, clearing the throat was something of a fashion at one time, I suspect more due to rising pitch than due to some sort of necessary procedure. However, it was claimed that the throats of chanters narrowed over time and needed reaming out to their original size.

If you're thinking of this, it's a job for a pipemaker, I'd say.
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Old 06-06-2016, 01:47 PM   #5
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Have you been reading some rather old fashioned literature?

If so, clearing the throat was something of a fashion at one time, I suspect more due to rising pitch than due to some sort of necessary procedure. However, it was claimed that the throats of chanters narrowed over time and needed reaming out to their original size.

If you're thinking of this, it's a job for a pipemaker, I'd say.
If anyone will examine the inside of their mouthpiece tip they will find a residue of brownish dried ....stuff. This same stuff is likely to accumulate in a chanter throat over time...hence the 'wash up' with a dampend soft 'scrubber' of a sort.

But,yes,.... a truly narrowed throat is due to blackwood shrinkage...whereby the hole actually gets minutely smaller...not larger by the wood pulling'back' as one might think.

After a 'wet' cleansing of residue and air drying... lightly using the smooth shaft end of the original size twist drill will true the throat without damage ...the true throat being just that
proprietary and crucial short cylindrical bit between the bottom of the reed seat and the top of the chanters' bore. This is what a pipemaker will do...or so two current day prolific makers have told me. After all.....except for the proprietary design ( precise length of the bore,throat 'tube' and reed seat depth) ...it's not rocket science....just a small ho!e burnished with the same twist bit as initially.
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